Scotopteryx chenopodiata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (Memmingen, S-Germany, August 2013) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (S-Germany, Allgaeu Alps, Hinterstein, July 2013) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (eastern Swabian Alb, August 2013) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (Swabian Alb, Germany) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (Swabian Alb, Germany) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (west Austrian Alps, Rätikon, 1700m NN) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Half-grown larva (e.o. Swabian Alb) [S] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Larva (e.o. Swabian Alb) [S]

Host plants:
The caterpillar feeds polyphagous on herbs, but seems to prefer Fabaceae such as Vicia, Lotus and Hippocrepis.

Scotopteryx chenopodiata occurs in a broad variety of extensively managed or abandoned, dry and sunny, but also humid habitats such as sunny and light scrub, nutrient-poor calcareous grasslands, ruderal areas, road side verges etc.

Life cycle:
The caterpillars hibernate and are fully-grown in June. The adults appear between July and early September.

Endangerment factors:
Scotopteryx chenopodiata is in decline due to the continuing loss of habitat, but because of the large ecologigal potency, it is still one of the relative widely distributed species.

Scotopteryx chenopodiata is largely distributed in Europe.

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